Home' Navy News : September 26th 2013 Contents 2013 ADFF Nationals Football (Soccer) Carnival
"Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ADFF Women's Football"
1-9 November 2013
Cromer Park, Cromer, NSW (30 Mins North of Sydney)
Player Nominations Required for:
Men's Veterans (Over 35s)
A Player Development Camp will precede the Carnival and be held for all teams
24-31 Oct 13 at HMAS CRESWELL
Further details on the requirements to nominate as a player or support staff are
contained in the NAVYFFA ADMIN INST located under the ADFF Nationals table at
All personnel are encouraged to read and comply with all requirements contained in the
ADMIN INST prior to nomination
ADFF Carnival Coordinator for Navy is LEUT Kellie Brown
September 26, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
Demons have their day
A STIRRING second-half come-
back by the Albatross Demons
Australian rules team secured a nar-
row victory for the underdog when
it defeated the Port Kembla Blacks
in the reserve grade grand final of
the South Coast AFL competition
on September 7.
Port Kembla dished out an
81-point hiding to the Demons in
the semi-finals, however the tables
turned when it counted most.
Albatross won the grand final 9.4
(58) to Port Kembla's 6.15 (51).
Demons player and best on
ground in the grand final, LS Aaron
Smits said the emotions going onto
the field were mixed.
"A lot of us were really nervous
pre-game and going into the first
quarter," he said.
"Overall I think there was a com-
bination of excitement and nervous-
ness, but there was also a sense of
calm in the air and a 'don't let your
mates down' approach. I think this
attitude was the biggest contributor
to the Demons' win.
"When it got to half-time and we
were 19 points down, we all knew
we needed to dig deep and every-
body did just that. It was truly bril-
liant to see so many players putting
a 110 per cent effort in on the day."
LS Smits said that while the
half-time break was tense, the third
quarter was a highlight.
"We managed to keep Port
Kembla goalless and we kicked five
goals to take the lead going into the
fourth quarter," he said.
"The third quarter was massive
for us. We were extremely pumped
and knew that we were back in the
game and that a victory was ours for
It was LS Smits' fourth season
with the Demons and he said camara-
derie was the team's major strength.
"We are a tight bunch, we all
enjoy playing football and we all
had the same focus which brought
a brilliant attitude to the club and
made for a fun and enjoyable sea-
son," he said.
Another highlight of his day was
being named best on ground.
"Being recognised as the best on
ground was a brilliant feeling and
having your teammates support you
for winning makes it better.
"I truly believe everyone who
played on that day deserved the best
on ground medal, it was an enormous
team effort, and we proved that any-
thing can happen in a grand final."
Bishop engineers win
LS Brett Bishop was on target with his
putter to sink a string of birdies and win
the 2013 Navy Golf Championships.
The marine engineer from HMAS
Waterhen's Fleet Support Unit carded
rounds of 79 and 76 against 42 Navy
golfers at Ryde-Parramatta Golf Club on
September 12 and Moore Park Golf Club
on September 13.
The win marked LS Bishop's second
title since 2009, in only the fourth time he
has contested the event.
"I am really happy with the two rounds
in the 70s because I was up against some
quality opposition," he said.
LS Bishop, who plays off a handicap
of five, said his long distance tee shots
got him close enough to the green for his
radar-guided putter to sink four birdies on
the back nine holes.
"I played pretty well on the second
day, but I nearly came undone on the first
day through fatigue and lapses of con-
centration on the last two holes, which I
double-bogeyed," he said.
"Golf is a mental game and it is just so
important to stay composed, even when
shots don't go the way you want them to."
LS Bishop has played golf for 15
years and his next challenge is the NSW
interservice golf championships in
Newcastle in October.
The 2013 Navy nett winner was PO
Craig Downey, who carded 142 over 36
PO Downey, of HMAS Watson's
Systems Training School, played with a
handicap of 14 to finish with rounds of 84
(nett 70) and 86 (nett 72).
"I didn't do anything brilliant out there,
but was consistent over the two days and
that got me through in the end," he said.
For more information on Navy Golf, go to www.
rangolf.com or contact Navy Golf Captain WO
Alan Hart on 02 9926 2566.
LS Brett Bishop - 155
PO Craig Downey - 142
A grade scratch winner:
CPO Raymond Macey - 159
B grade scratch winner:
CPO Don Waples -- 179
C grade scratch winner:
WO Darren Murray - 186
A grade nett winner:
AB Andrew Hansch - 147
B grade nett winner:
PO Troy Hurd - 143
C grade nett winner:
CPO Greg Williamson - 152
A LEADING seaman helped Air
Force win the South Australian
men's interservice touch football
championships at RAAF Base
Despite the heavy rain that
threatened to cancel the event on the
first day, 120 Defence employees
from across South Australia partici-
pated in the championships from
August 22-23, including Navy's
only player, LS Luke Pretlove.
LS Pretlove helped Air Force
take out the titles for a second year
in a row, beating Army A 5-3, APS
7-3 and Army B 6-2.
"It was a very rewarding experi-
ence. Such a good feeling to be able
to jump in with a group of fellow
servicemen I had not met before and
to blend so well," LS Pretlove said.
"It was daunting at first being the
only Navy member but the welcom-
ing and feeling of acceptance I was
given was overwhelming. It was a
great carnival with great results for
the RAAF side."
Organiser Brice Mitchell said it
was great to have Navy involvement.
"South Australia is dominated
by RAAF, Army and APS units so
it's great to see Navy represented
and also to have the support of the
senior Navy Commander in South
Australia, CMDR Alan Williams,"
Mr Mitchell said.
With his rugby league background,
LS Pretlove's skills translated well
into touch football and he was selected
in the Southern States men's over-30s
team with others from SA, Victoria,
WA and Tasmania to attend the ADF
Touch Association national competi-
tion at RAAF Base Williamtown.
CHAMPION: LS Brett Bishop gets presented with his trophy by
Navy Golf patron RADM Tim Barrett.
EYE-EYE: ABATA Richard
Marshall checks the lay
of the green at the Royal
Australian Navy Golf
Championships at Moore
Photos: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
PREMIERS: The Albatross Demons begin celebrations.
Photo: Patrick Fahy, South Coast Register
Six look for selection
SIX Navy rugby union players will be
vying for selection in the Australian
women's national team in the 2013
National Women's Rugby Championship
in Sydney. SMN Sarah Beard, SMN
Victoria Dewar, SMN Rhiannon Horne,
PO Nicky Palmer and LS Danielle
Worthey will play for the Australian
Services Rugby Union team against
NSW Country and Western Australia
on September 26, followed by a match
against Queensland on September
27, and a final game the following day
against a team yet to be confirmed.
PLAYERS are being sought for Navy
teams in the countdown to this year's
ADF Football Nationals. The Navy
Football Federation's development/
trials will be held from October 24-31,
with the nationals to be played between
Navy, Air Force, Army, APS and NZDF
scheduled for November 1-9. Interested
players are being sought for over 35s,
open men's and open women's teams.
For more information on Navy football,
email LEUT Jim Ford at james.ford3@
defence.gov.au. For information relating
to Nationals visit www.navyffa.com
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